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User Info: dennis941012

dennis941012
10 months ago#1
I am thinking about building a new micro atx computer.
I heard windows 10 is tied to mobo is it possible to switch it over?
Do I have reinstall windows even if I use the same HDD and SSD?
How hard is it to remove and reinstall components?
Where do you guys get rid of old parts? In my case my mid atx tower & mother board
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User Info: saltedham

saltedham
10 months ago#2
not sure about being able to use windows if switching mobo. you can download windows 10 to a usb stick from microsofts site. its the real thing but you wont be able to personalize the desktop. you can then buy a 1 time use windows 10 key off ebay to authenticate the copy. cost me about 7$. i was too lazy to check for cracked versions. removing and isnt hard. ive swapped pc cases 4 times these past 2 months.

just dont use too much force if you dont have too. i think some guy on here pulled off his cpu air cooler and it pulled out his cpu breaking a pin off and ruining it. cpu's nowadays should have something on them to help prevent this
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User Info: johnny_pay

johnny_pay
10 months ago#3
It's not tied to mobo, when my mobo gave out last year I bought a new mobo/CPU bundle and just swapped em out with no issue.

User Info: TheFeshPince

TheFeshPince
10 months ago#4
Windows 10 is no longer tied to motherboard, like older versions of Windows.
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User Info: Renraku_San

Renraku_San
10 months ago#5
johnny_pay posted...
It's not tied to mobo, when my mobo gave out last year I bought a new mobo/CPU bundle and just swapped em out with no issue.


TheFeshPince posted...
Windows 10 is no longer tied to motherboard, like older versions of Windows.


Literally straight from "M$":
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change

In Windows 10 (Version 1607 or later), you can link your Microsoft account to the Windows 10 digital license on your device. This can help you reactivate Windows using the Activation troubleshooter if you make a significant hardware change later, such as replacing the motherboard.
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User Info: dennis941012

dennis941012
10 months ago#6
does that mean I don't have reinstall windows as well as other software? that is a great news
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User Info: gideond

gideond
10 months ago#7
Win10 license is still tied to the mobo. Now if you have your license linked to an MS account sometimes it seems to ignore that limitation and activate anyway. It's very finicky. I have two copies activated on one license because I basically swapped my SSD to a new build and activated with My MS account. My old PC got a new SSD and still auto-activated since the mobo was the same.

It's always best to do a clean install, but not absolutely necessary now. Win10 is very good at repairing itself. Just have a set of drivers on hand for the new hardware. When Win10 boots and picks up new hardware drivers you may only need to install the chipset and maybe the LAN driver for the new board. The rest will probably be automatic through Windows Update.
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User Info: Renraku_San

Renraku_San
10 months ago#8
dennis941012 posted...
does that mean I don't have reinstall windows as well as other software? that is a great news


Correct - simply replace the mobo/cpu whatever and reactivate. I've switched between intel/amd without any issues, even back in the win7 days, it's far more resilient and flexible compared to XP days.
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User Info: mucloud

mucloud
10 months ago#9
dennis941012 posted...
I am thinking about building a new micro atx computer.
I heard windows 10 is tied to mobo is it possible to switch it over?
Do I have reinstall windows even if I use the same HDD and SSD?
How hard is it to remove and reinstall components?
Where do you guys get rid of old parts? In my case my mid atx tower & mother board

1. You need a new copy of windows.

2. It's not hard you will have to take things apart just take pictures of them before you do so you know where they go.

3. Leave the gpu and RAM on the motherboard just take off the gpu, you do not want it flexing it will snap the gpu pci-e port and you will be f***ed.

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User Info: ElDudorino

ElDudorino
10 months ago#10
mucloud posted...

3. Leave the gpu and RAM on the motherboard just take off the gpu, you do not want it flexing it will snap the gpu pci-e port and you will be f***ed.

What does this sentence mean?

EDIT> Wait, are you saying to leave the CPU and RAM on the motherboard and remove the graphics card? That makes some sense. Except, he's changing motherboards, so he needs to remove anything he's carrying over anyway.
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